Decker Hunting Terrier

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Decker Hunting Terrier History

The Decker Hunting Terrier is a little-known American terrier which descends from crosses between the Norfolk and Fox Hound. The Decker Hunting Terrier was bred by Frank and Harry Decker of Rockford, Michigan, in the 1920s and 1930s. The Deckers’ breeding program was initially aimed at improving the temperament and scenting ability of hunting terriers. They also wanted to develop a dog that could be handled by people without a lot of training. The Deckers were successful in developing a dog which was known for being friendly and sociable with people. The dogs were also very trainable and easy to groom. The Decker/Norfolk/Fox breeding experiment was very successful. The dogs performed admirably as both hunters and companions. The Decker program was discontinued in 1944, though a number of the dogs were exported to other countries. The hybrid type which became the best-known type of the Decker was characterized by a longer body and heavier bone than the Norfolk, and a shorter, smoother-coated coat than the Fox. The most striking features of the hybrid were its medium size, its short, dense, glossy coat, and its friendly, outgoing temperament.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Decker Hunting Terrier Physical Characteristics

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Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown

Nose Colors

Blue, Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Black, Gray, Pied, White, Brown

Height Range

Male Height Range: 18 – 23 inches

Female Height Range: 18 – 23 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 25 – 38 lbs

Female Weight Range: 25 – 38 lbs

Decker Hunting Terrier Health

Description of breed health.


15-18 yrs

Decker Hunting Terrier Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Heart Conditions, Demodectic Mange, Skin Allergies, Eye Diseases and Disorders

Decker Hunting Terrier Temperament and Behaviour

The Decker Hunting Terrier is a clever, energetic, and athletic hunting dog that used to work in the field. They are friendly and affectionate with their owners, but have a naturally suspicious personality. They are devoted to their owner and family and can become very attached to one particular person. They are extremely protective of their home and will aggressively defend it if they sense a threat.

Decker Hunting Terrier Activity Requirements

Decker hunting terriers are small, high-energy dogs that are best known for their skill at hunting. They are pack dogs and are very loyal to their families. While they are not as high-energy as some other terrier breeds, Deckers do require regular exercise. A daily walk or jog will help keep their bodies and minds fit. They are best suited to a home with a fenced yard where they can play and run. If you are looking for a small, high-energy pet, the Decker is a good option. They are outgoing, intelligent, and love to please their people. However, they do need regular exercise to stay healthy.

Miles Per Day

10 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Decker Hunting Terrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Decker Hunting Terrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Decker Hunting Terrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Decker Hunting Terrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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